Building the Space Force on a Sandy Foundation

A case of garbage-in, garbage-out? Or, like Pink’s hit album, Missundaztood? Continuation of USAF confusion about space operations? There are no good choices in this Space Force-focused paper.

Starship Clones and More Thoughts about ISS Commercialization

News about another non-existent rocket that looks a bit like an existing rocket (again). And--does ISS commercialization make sense today?

Questions about the Commercial Space Industry’s Future (and some answers)

My attempt to address a few questions about the future of the commercial space industry.

1Q21 Spacecraft Deployment Review

Even if Starlink satellites hadn't been deployed during 1Q21, overall commercial satellite deployments were high during 2021's first three months.

1Q21 Orbital Space Launch Review

A minor launch update for 2021. The upshot: a particular company (with a name that rhymes with “base specs”) has been very busy.

Space Sector Suppliers: Too Little, Too Long?

The new generation of space companies leans towards vertical integration for its satellites and rockets--with good reasons. Is this a good thing?

Hardware is Not Software: Marketing Mixups in EO/RS and Launch

The great software companies of Silicon Valley are held in high esteem by those in the space industry. But admiration does not equal industry knowledge and understanding. Investors be aware!

Thinking About: Rocket Lab’s About-Face

What do Rocket Lab's plans for a just-right rocket mean for current and future competitors? Are chasing constellations reason enough for switching?

DoD Dreams of Grandeur and Influence in Commercial Space

DOD’s vision of how commercial space markets work seems to be generated from a standpoint of self-importance. But history and current healthy markets diverge from the DoD’s vision--thankfully.

Focus On: ClimaCell’s Business and Weather Constellation

ClimaCell's decision to deploy and operate a weather satellite constellation puts real business in a field of wannabees.